The young mother says she had to “play dead” to save her kids when her ex stabbed her 8 times because he didn’t want her to be with anyone else. Unfortunately, the stabbing left the mother paralyzed from the chest down. She also underwent respiratory therapy to recover from being on a ventilator for three months, as well as physical therapy. The doctors told her that suffered an incomplete spinal injury, meaning the spinal cord had been damaged but not severed, meaning the nerves could repair and she could regain some movement. Last year, the woman underwent surgery to fit a Baclofen pump – administering a muscle relaxant to deal with the spasticity caused by her spinal injury.
The 31-year-old mother, Brittany Morris, told The Mirror that she had been in an on and off relationship with her boyfriend Rondell Malveaux for three years after falling pregnant with twins the first time they were intimate. In Aug. 2019, Morris reportedly told Malveaux that their relationship was over but the man turned up at her house in the middle of the night and stabbed her eight times with a kitchen knife.
The attack left the mother paralyzed from the chest down and fearing she would die in front of her children. The woman told authorities that she pretended to be dead so that he would leave without harming them. Luckily, the woman survived and is now fighting to regain her independence by getting an adapted vehicle and driving license to be able to transport herself and her two young sons. Her ex was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Brittany Morris reportedly said: “I saw his shadow trying to get in my bedroom window with the knife. He kicked the front door wide open. I walked him outside and sat in the chair on the porch and he just yelled at me. He was like ‘so you’re done with me, this is it?’ and I said yes and then he just started stabbing away right into my neck to the spine and so I was paralyzed instantly. I was awake the whole time so I remember everything.
It was never in my mind to run, I had my kids there and I didn’t want him to do something to them to try and hurt me. My sister and nephew were there as well. I used the last energy I had to lunge forward at him and that’s what made him run off. I was just praying that God wouldn’t take me in front of my children because my kids were right there in the doorway when he ran off and they saw him. I thought about where my kids would go and just thought I have to stay here, I have to be here to take care of them.”
Malveaux reportedly stabbed Morris four times in the neck. He also stabbed her in the back back, hip, side and face. Before he fled the scene, Malveaux reportedly took all of the phones from the home to prevent her calling the police. The mother told investigators that she was forced to play dead when he returned minutes later and demanded her car keys from her sister to allow him to flee faster.
The victim’s sister told investigators that she was forced to knock on neighbors’ doors until someone answered and called an ambulance. Shortly after, Malveaux crashed Brittany’s car and was taken into custody.
Brittany Morris reportedly said: “When he ran off my sister came outside and my sons came to the doorway. One of them said ‘mommy that’s daddy’ and I said ‘I know, go inside’ and told my sister to close the door – I don’t even know how I got the energy to speak. My sister was trying to help me up but I couldn’t move. My left arm dropped in front of me and I had no control over it. I told my sister to throw the knife in case he came back – and he ended up coming back to get the keys to my car. I had to play dead for a few minutes while my sister gave him the keys so he would leave. He took our phones so my sister had to knock on everyone’s door until someone was able to call an ambulance for us – I don’t know how long I was waiting to get help.”
According to The Mirror, Morris and her ex were childhood friends before her family moved to California. After moving to Arkansas in 2015, she reconnected online and started talking before she visited him in their home town in Texas, where they ended up being intimate and she conceived her twin boys. From 2016 to 2019, Morris and Malveaux went through an “on and off” relationship for three years.
Unfortunately, the stabbing left the mother paralyzed from the chest down. She also underwent respiratory therapy to recover from being on a ventilator for three months, as well as physical therapy. The doctors told her that suffered an incomplete spinal injury, meaning the spinal cord had been damaged but not severed, meaning the nerves could repair and she could regain some movement. Last year, Morris underwent surgery to fit a Baclofen pump – administering a muscle relaxant to deal with the spasticity caused by her spinal injury, the Mirror reports.
Luckily, she has so far regained movement and strength in her arms but the very limited movement in her legs means she is forced to use a wheelchair. Malveaux was sentenced to 20 years in prison, but Morris says he will have the possibility of parole after 10 years, leaving her concerned for her safety and that of her children and meaning she thinks she will be forced to move out of the area. Now, Morris is working towards achieving a driving license. The mother of two has launched an online fundraiser to raise money for a second-hand van to be able to achieve her goal of independence.